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Mari Yamaguchi

The Associated Press


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Past articles by Mari:

Japan’s top court says government restrictions on transgender employee’s use of restrooms illegal

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that restrictions imposed by a government ministry on a transgender female employee’s use of restroom... → Read More

Heavy rains cause flooding and mudslides in southwest Japan, leaving 2 dead and at least 6 missing

TOKYO (AP) — Torrential rain has been pounding southwestern Japan, triggering floods and mudslides and leaving two people dead and at least six others... → Read More

Japanese Leaders Mark 1 Year Since the Assassination of Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Abe, born into a prominent political family and Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, bolstered Japan’s military role. → Read More

Japanese leaders mark one year since the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese political and business leaders on Saturday marked one year since the assassination of Japan’s former leader, Shinzo Abe, with Pr... → Read More

UN nuclear agency seeks more access to plant that Kyiv, Moscow say is under threat

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the United Nations nuclear agency said Friday he was pushing for access to the roof of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant i... → Read More

UN nuclear agency chief to visit Fukushima plant to see final preparations for release of wastewater

TOKYO (AP) — The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency will visit Japan next week to meet with Japanese leaders and see final preparations for the release ... → Read More

Hiroshima peace park, Pearl Harbor memorial park forge sister park deal to promote peace

TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor, two symbols of World War II animosity between Japan and the United States, are now promoting peace and friend... → Read More

Fukushima nuclear plant operator says equipment to release treated wastewater into sea is complete

TOKYO (AP) — All equipment needed for the release into the sea of treated radioactive wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has been com... → Read More

Haruki Murakami pleads for keeping Tokyo park and baseball stadium that inspired his writing

TOKYO (AP) — Author Haruki Murakami says he’s strongly opposed to the redevelopment of a historic and beloved Tokyo park district that would remove hi... → Read More

Marking Battle of Okinawa anniversary, governor of southern Japanese islands urges diplomacy

TOKYO (AP) — The governor of Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa marked the 78th anniversary of one of World War II’s bloodiest battles Friday by c... → Read More

Japan’s Kishida says he will attend NATO leaders’ summit, stresses need for dialogue with China

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday announced plans to visit Lithuania next month to attend a NATO leaders’ summit as his ... → Read More

Japan raises the age of sexual consent to 16 from 13, which was among the world’s lowest

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament on Friday raised the age of sexual consent to 16 from 13, a limit which had remained unchanged for more than a century... → Read More

US, Japan, Philippines Agree to Strengthen Security Ties Amid Tensions over China, North Korea

The national security advisers of the United States, Japan and the Philippines held their first joint talks and agreed to strengthen their defense cooperation. → Read More

U.S., Japan, Philippines agree to strengthen security ties amid tensions over China, North Korea

The three security advisers discussed opportunities for joint naval exercises in Indo-Pacific waters and agreed to deepen military cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. → Read More

Japan emperor says ties with developing nations key to tackling global challenges

TOKYO (AP) — Cooperation with developing countries is key to dealing with climate change and other global challenges, Japanese Emperor Naruhito said T... → Read More

Police investigating spray attack in Japanese department store restroom, suspect at large

TOKYO (AP) — Police in the western Japanese city of Osaka said Wednesday they are searching for a suspect who sprayed an unknown liquid on several wom... → Read More

18-year-old trainee shot 3 soldiers at firing range on Japanese army base, killing 2, officials say

TOKYO (AP) — An 18-year-old army trainee shot three fellow soldiers at a firing range on a Japanese army base Wednesday, killing two of them, official... → Read More

Fukushima nuclear plant begins tests of wastewater release plan; fishing officials remain opposed

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began tests on Monday of newly constructed facilities for discharging treated radioac... → Read More

Japan OKs refugee law change allowing forced repatriation of asylum seekers after repeated rejection

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament on Friday approved a revision to an immigration and refugee law that will allow the forced repatriation of asylum seek... → Read More

Japan’s denial of same-sex marriage, other LGTBQ+ protections looks unconstitutional, judge rules

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Thursday that the lack of legal protections for LGTBQ+ people appeared to be unconstitutional, in the latest rulin... → Read More